Italy's Mario Balotelli posted a short clip on Instagram before the game, sending a message to the fans wishing his country good luck.
After the game Ibrahimovic, who announced his retirement from worldwide football last summer, marked his country's remarkable achievement with a tweet reading: "We are Zweden", along with an image of his former teammates celebrating.
Meanwhile, Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon was left distraught after the match, as he said: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football".
"This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him".
But there were inevitably questions about the Manchester United striker, who has been out of action since April with a knee ligament injury.
"What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the play-offs". I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result.
Andersson, however, was quick to dismiss talk of a sensational return for the 36-year-old.
"Considering that he has chose to leave global football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style".